Friday, January 25, 2013

Bare Cupboard Soup

Bare Cupboard Soup, based solely on what I had available in my cupboards and refrigerator-- and the whims of my tastebuds-- was the perfect ending to a chilly New York State day.

(2 servings)


1 tablespoon oil
1 small carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
A pinch each of salt, pepper, onion powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 large (6 grams) beef, chick or vegetable bouillon cube
1 cup water
1-ounce tomato paste
6-ounces water
15.5-ounce can great northern beans


1. In a 2-quart saucepan, sauté carrots and celery in oil for approximately 5 minutes.
2. Measure salt, pepper, onion powder, oregano, parsley and crushed red pepper into a small dish. Add 1/2 bouillon cube, crushed. Add to saucepan all at once.
3. Stir in 1 cup water, tomato paste and 6-ounces water (measured in tomato paste can).
4. Raise heat slightly and cook 8-10 minutes.
5. Stir in great northern beans and heat about 5 minutes more until beans are hot.

What happened to the remaining 5 ounces of tomato paste, you ask? I laid out a small square of wax paper on a small plate. Divided the remaining paste into 5 “plops” and set it in the freezer. Once frozen, I placed it in a small freezer bag, ready to pull out whenever I need more.

While in the freezer, a quick look reminded me that the cupboards are not quite so bare as I thought. There’s a couple of turkey-olive burgers left, a half pound of bacon, and vegetable soup I made last week.


  1. This does sound great for a cold, winter day!

    1. Aha, the fig muffin lady--love those fig muffins and am now experimenting with adding the cheese mix after cooking (thinking marscapone, too!). Thanks so much, Lisa, for stopping by and commenting. I've subscribed to your email notification 'cause I see so many recipes that I can appreciate!

  2. The soup sounds perfect, especially for a cold day!

  3. I love this beautiful soup and it sounds perfect for a rainy day :D


    1. Glad you like it, CCU. Might even work on hot days there. Just barely heat.

  4. Same as Guru Uru. Looks so tasty. Now is rainy season at my place. I will change the northern beans with kidney beans since I don't have any idea what northern beans are, Thanks a lot for this recipe, Kathleen.

    1. Kidney beans should work fine in place of northern beans. Or use any other white, kidney-shaped bean. Glad you like the recipe, Muhammad.


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